Category: Australian Defence Force

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is the military organisation responsible for the defence of Australia. It consists of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and a number of 'tri-service' units; and includes both full-time personnel and active reservists. Prior to Australia's Federation in 1901, each of the six British colonial governments was responsible for the defence of their own colony. From 1788 until 1870 this was done with British regular forces. The colonies then assumed their own defence, raising and maintaining their respective militia forces and navies until 1st March 1901. During the first decades of the 20th century, the Commonwealth Government established the defence forces as separate organisations with a Minister responsible for each service. In 1976, a strategic change was made when the government established the ADF to place the services under a single headquarters. (Wikipedia:Australian_Defence_Force) The ADF is led by its Commander-in-Chief, the Governor General of Australia as the Queen of Australia's representative, the Minister for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force.

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